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    My sons teacher has expressed concerns about ds1s (5yo) hearing as he is "ignorant". I know this is personal but has anyone had problems with their kids hearing at this age? What type of signs were there that they were hard of hearing? Pm me if youd prefer

    Ds talks really loud, but is able to talk quietly, if prompted lots. He has speech problems too, but we were told.he would benefit from at home exercises, which we werent told exactly what to do.

    He had a freak out the other week at school as a roadworks truck started reversing on the street outside (as they were all week). Ds freaked out and climbed under his desk and covered his ears with hands, and it took.a lot of prompting to get him out. No other similar episodes before.or after that.

    I wasn't worried initially because i can whisper "chocolate" and he will come running. But its starting to be commented on a lot by the volume of his voice and him not paying attention at school. Ive booked the gp for Monday to see where to go from there.
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    Good on you for getting him checked out!
    My youngest brother was classed as naughty, loud, ADD and just plain disruptive when he started school by his teacher, the principal suggested mum take him to the GP for assessment. Turns out he only has 10% hearing in one ear and 80% in the other AND he was legally blind - he couldn't see or hear. He had no success with hearing aids and prefers to live without them. Even today he still lip reads strangers and you have to be on his left side to have a proper conversation without him saying "pardon" every sentence. His eyes are not so bad but he has to wear glasses/contacts permenantly. He turned out just fine and has a well paying supervisory job in the mines

    I will never forget the day he got his glasses at 6yo, I was 9yo and he said to my mum "oh mummy, you are so pretty!" It was the first time he had seen her face in detail. Then said to me "you still look silly even with my new eyes!" Tears all round

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    I probably test a kids hearing atleast once a week (small country town) on recommendation from a teacher!

    In 3 years I've had two kids with actual hearing loss. Teachers are notorious for sending kids for hearing tests and the fact that the teacher said "ignorant" probably means something else is going on.

    Get it checked if YOU believe there is a problem. You are the best judge of what's going on with your child and I'm sure you would have noticed if your child had hearing probs, which it sounds like you don't think so.

    If you have other questions feel free to ask me

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    We just want to get him checked to make sure. He zones our or it takes a long time to get his attention. The teacher doesn't want to be getting cross with him for not listening if he actually can't hear well. It's been an ongoing thing this year. I wasnt worried but I think I should get him checked anyway.

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    DS has no hearing loss but he does struggle with background noise disturbing him and bit knowing what to tune in to. Sometimes it seems as though he's not listening when in fact he's just lost in the background noise. Nothing you can do about it and my DH and I are the same, neither of us cope very well say around a dinner table of 10 as we can't seem to hear anything.

    ETA: DS has taken it upon himself to sit up the front of the class this year, yr 1 and does a lot better as he knows where to focus his attention more and doesn't seem to get so distracted.
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    This is my experience as an adult with hearing loss. I fell out a window and damaged the insides of my ear as a child. I find it hard to hear when there is a lot of background noise. I don't function well in group situations and need to be looking at the person face to face. Despite this hearing loss I can't handle loud noise. Vacuum cleaners, loud tvs etc. I have put it down to the damaged parts in my ear not working and the sound being picked up through my jaw line not into the actual ear if that makes sense? When u said about ur son with the reversing truck that immediately came to mind

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICanDream View Post
    DS has no hearing loss but he does struggle with background noise disturbing him and bit knowing what to tune in to. Sometimes it seems as though he's not listening when in fact he's just lost in the background noise. Nothing you can do about it and my DH and I are the same, neither of us cope very well say around a dinner table of 10 as we can't seem to hear anything.

    ETA: DS has taken it upon himself to sit up the front of the class this year, yr 1 and does a lot better as he knows where to focus his attention more and doesn't seem to get so distracted.
    He doesnt seem to listen even when its quiet or there is no other activity going on. Teacher said he doesnt seem to respond to his name until she adds in his last name. His first name is made up of soft sounds (k, a, h) where his last name has a harsh letter (t). So she said he might need the harsh sound to hear someone talking to him. He has never had an ear infection or damage to his head/face/ears.

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    My ds doesn't have a hearing loss but he has auditory processing disorder. It might be worth testing him for that.

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